What You Can Do

• First, warm up by driving gently to moderately, not idling, unless below freezing


• Avoid idling while using devices such as smart phones, and in wi-fi zones, while parked


• Avoid drive-thrus. Park it, shut it off and go into the place of business


• Avoid using a remote vehicle starter, which encourages unnecessary idling


• Purchase or lease a vehicle that does not idle such as a stop-start (aka start-stop), hybrid, plug-in hybrid or



• Report a violation of California's heavy-duty vehicle idling regulation [ENGLISH] [SPANISH] by calling 1-800-363-7664

   or 1-800-END-SMOG, or filling out an online complaint form


• Report a smoky vehicle (light-duty or heavy-duty) by calling 1-800-END-SMOG, or filling out an online Smoking

   Vehicle complaint form





• Inform local school administrators if witnessing prolonged idling of school buses or commercial vehicles on school

   grounds; if unresolved, contact the California Dept. of Education.

• California ACR-160 resolution (non-binding) encourages motorists to not idle their motor vehicles near places

   where children congregate. Contact a California Superintendent in your county, school district, or your local school

   principal in support of this measure. Ask that this measure be disseminated in the school community and that NO

   IDLING signs (see below) be installed at schools.

Better yet, let's expand California's heavy-duty commercial diesel idling regulation to include light-duty

   vehicles (passenger cars, SUVs, vans, pickup trucks) on school property. Proposed regulation

          Contact the following in support:

          • Department of Education, Health & Safety: Fred Yeager fyeager@cde.ca.gov • 916-322-2470

          • California Air Resources Board board members, some of which serve on local air districts and/or are

             experts in fields that shape air quality rules.

             - John R. Balmes, MD  Physician Member  email  510-643-4702

             - John Gioia  Bay Area AQMD Member & District One Supervisor  510-231-8686  webform email

             - Judith Mitchell  South Coast AQMD Member  310-377-1577 Ext. 304  email

             - Barbara Riordan  Mojave Desert AQMD Member  760-245-1661 Ext. 5040

             - Ron Roberts  San Diego APCD Member & San Diego Board of Supervisors 4th District  webform email

             - Phil Serna  Sac. Region Air Districts & Sac. County Board of Supervisors District 1  916-874-5485  email

             - Alexander Sherriffs, MD  San Joaquin Valley APCD Member & San Joaquin Valley APCD  559-834-1614

          • Get PETITIONS circulated and present them to your representatives

          • Caltrans: Steven S. Cliff, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Sustainability 916-651-6458

          • American Lung Association in California: Will Barrett, Policy Manager 916-585-7663

          • California Dept. of Public Health: Stephen Wall, Ph.D., Chief, Outdoor Air Quality Section 510-620-2801


• Idling police cruisers can really have a negative impact over time. Ask local police departments to consider

   equipping their police cruisers with idle management systems (allowing full function of electronics) that pay for

   themselves over time.


• Support roundabouts - they save gas by preventing idling, shorten trip time and studies show they reduce accidents


• Print and distribute idling information handouts when witnessing prolonged idling by individuals or at stores and



• "Like" the Idle-Free California Facebook page


• Spread the word to family, friends, and on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and neighborhood NextDoor


• Write a letter to the editor - use compelling idling facts to raise awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling (idling when



• NO IDLING SIGNS: Ask local schools to post no idling signs; ask banks to post such signs at ATM drive thrus; ask

   mall owners to post signs in parking lots. NO IDLING SIGN TEMPLATES: